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Recent Survey Recognizes Independent Pharmacies in New Hampshire That Do Not Sell Tobacco Products
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Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Publish Date:
September 23, 2015

Concord, NH – A recent survey conducted by the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) identifies Independent Pharmacies in New Hampshire that do not sell tobacco products. DHHS applauds theses pharmacies for putting the health of their clientele and patients ahead of sales. The survey, conducted by phone in August 2015, asked the 33 Independent Pharmacies in New Hampshire if tobacco products were sold in their stores—of those who answered the question, 27 said no.

"DHHS is applauding these New Hampshire Independent Pharmacies for recognizing the conflict of selling a product that kills an estimated 1,900 New Hampshire residents a year while offering health care and pharmaceutical services," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DHHS.

These New Hampshire Independent Pharmacies join the growing list of national retailers that have decided not to sell tobacco products in their stores. Target Corp. stores historically (since 1996) have not sold tobacco products. Last year, CVS Caremark Corp. (now CVS Health) made the decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores, citing that selling cigarettes and providing health care do not go together in the same setting.

Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of over 7,000 chemicals; these poisons pose a danger to the body right away and can trigger sudden blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. About 70 of these chemicals can cause cancer. According to the Surgeon General Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, every cigarette smoked damages the body, causes immediate harm to nonsmokers (including unborn babies), and weakens the immune system, increasing the body’s susceptibility to illness, bacteria and viruses, such as the flu.

Some major cities, such as New York and Boston, have banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The harmful effects of tobacco use are not limited to smoking cigarettes; cigars, hookas, bidis, and smokeless tobacco products all can cause cancer, disease, and tooth loss. E-cigarettes (electronic smoking devices) emit an aerosol that has been found to contain at least 10 chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The devices can create an addiction to the drug nicotine and can lead to cigarette smoking, particularly in youth.

DHHS currently offers free help quitting tobacco use through 1-800-QUIT-NOW (www.TryToStopNH.org). The list of these independent pharmacies can be found at http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/tobacco/documents/independent-pharmacy-survey.pdf Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

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